Though there are still only a handful of them, MD CIOs offer some unique advantages for an organization. First off, those like Memorial Health System CIO Jon Velez, MD — who still practice in the facilities they now lead — are able to see first-hand how new systems are actually used in the trenches. And at some health systems, having an MD CIO means there’s no need for finding a CMIO who can translate tech talk into physician speak. To learn more about his journey from computer science to medical school, then to CMIO and finally CIO, healthsystemCIO.com editor Anthony Guerra recently chatted with the Colorado Springs-based physician.
- About Memorial Health System
- Cerner Millennium shop
- “Being in that enterprise solution arena is really helpful to make sure that everyone’s got the same data they’re working off and everyone is on the same page”
- Evaluating the remote-hosting option
- From MD to MD/CIO
- When dealing with docs, “find common ground and cultivate it”